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Questions About Basement Remodeling Subfloor?

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August 7, 2007

The process of basement remodeling of the subfloor does not have to be a complex project. Initially, it involves you sitting down and deciding what you wish to do. What is your goal? Do you want to turn the basement into a comfortable living space or a utilitarian room? Do you see it as a family space, office room or strictly storage and utilitarian space?

Once you have decided this, you need to determine what the basement remodeling of the subfloor involves. To accomplish this, you have to know what the subfloor consists of and what condition it is in. In other words, do you know if the subfloor is wood or cement? Is it level? Is it covered with another substance e.g. carpet, vinyl, wood, tile?

Basement Remodeling Subfloor


The first criteria for a basement remodeling of the subfloor is to expose it. Remove any covering. At this point, you can determine whether it is level. Place a marble on its surface and see if it stays still or rolls. If it is not level, shim it (for wood only) or level it off. Only after it is even can you proceed to work on the next phase.

The next phase of basement remodeling of the subfloor is to clean the surface completely. If it is a basement, the subfloor is likely to be concrete. Wash it thoroughly then seal it with concrete sealer, concrete paint or a concrete membrane product. This will prevent potential moisture problems.
Once you have done this, proceed with the next stage of basement remodeling, subfloor. Decide what covering you want. You have many choices: carpet, ceramic tiles, vinyl, laminate and brick or stone. There are even faux designs you can paint or stencil upon the floor. All types of covering, however, require you do follow the above process of washing and sealing the cement floor first.

In basement remodeling the subfloor for carpet, requires the placing of a rubber, not foam, pad above the subfloor. A foam pad deteriorates faster than a rubber pad. After you do this, lay the carpet upon it. In the case of ceramic tiles, you may want to consider the addition of radiant heat beneath them. Tiles are cool. As for vinyl - be particularly careful the subfloor is even otherwise you will find cracks and defects. In all instances, pick your colors, your style and your material, affix and enjoy the new look it gives your basement.

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